Bacchus Marsh Grammar will largely start term three online, as the Maddingley campus juggles a 75 percent metropolitan student population.

Years 9-12 return with face-to-face classes on Tuesday (July 14) at Maddingley. Senior lessons will also be recorded for students who cannot attend in person.

The term starts on Wednesday (July 15) with online learning for Prep-Year 8 students, even though some logging on will physically be at the Maddingley campus.

Prep-Year 7 Students at the Woodlea campus in Aintree will be asked to learn from home if they live in a metropolitan council such as Melton. A handful from regional areas such as Moorabool will head to the Maddingley campus instead.

Both campuses will have supervised programs for children of essential workers.

In an email sent to parents this afternoon (Wednesday), Principal Andrew Neal said the school faced a unique challenge because students came from a wide area straddling the metropolitan boundary.

“How do we meet both the spirit and intention of the Government’s public health directions and provide the best possible learning outcomes for students,” he said.

“It was clear in our discussions (on Wednesday morning) that the best form of learning is face-to-face. This is followed by our initial remote learning model.

“There was a clear view that the hybrid model with some students in class and others online was the least successful in terms of learning outcomes and was unsustainable over a six-week period for children and adolescents.

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“We also took into account the nature of our catchment. Woodlea is clearly a (metro) school, even though it has students from non-metropolitan postcodes.

“Maddingley is just outside the boundary but draws about 75 percent of its students from metropolitan Melbourne.”

The letter said normal buses would continue at Maddingley, but a decision was yet to be made for Woodlea. Students temperatures would also need to be taken before boarding buses.

Mr Neal said BMG was still seeking detailed information on the new lockdown and arrangements were subject to change.

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## COVID19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of smell.

If you need to be tested, Djerriwarrh Health Services has a drive-through clinic in Barries Rd, Melton – open 10.30am-6pm weekdays and 9am-12pm weekends.

People can also book a test at Darley Medical Centre on 5367 5000.

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